BAD weather failed to dampen the spirits of competitors, judges and the stewards at the St Stephen-in-Brannel Horse Show. However, it did lead to the abandonment of the gymkhana due to the increasingly difficult conditions.
Show stalwart, Sue Rowe braved the elements to judge the showing classes and it was six-year-old Harry Dingle who shone through to lift the leading rein and ridden mountain and moorland accolade en route to the overall showing championship with his pony Lottie.
This lovely combination confirmed their consistency having earlier in the season clinched the overall ridden championship at the Roseland Show where Harry held off stiff competition led by his mother Linda Dingle.
"We were badly hit by the weather," said Mollie Richards of the organising committee. "It started to rain heavily just after the show started and our judges and competitors carried on in spite of the conditions.
"Everyone tried their best but in the end we made a decision to abandon the show for safety reasons."
Winners: Showing (Judge Sue Rowe): Best tack & Turnout (Blake Shield): Elizabeth Hugh. Best combination 12 yrs & under (Dunn Cup): Morgan Pearce. 16 yrs & under (Matthews & Hicks Cup): Chloe Palmer.
Open (R H Webb Cup): Elizabeth Hugh. Leading Rein (Hallett Trophy): Harry Dingle. Small Breeds in-hand (Semmens Cup): Pam Tabb. Novice pony (Frank Olver Goblet): Christiana Dean.
Riding Horse (Samantha Mulvey Trophy): Sam Nagle. Veteran-in-hand (Terry Richards Cup): Elizabeth Hugh. Mountain & Moorland ridden (Jamie Memorial Cup): Harry Dingle.
Mountain & Moorland in-hand (Dymond Shield): Pam Tabb. Coloured in-hand (South Hill Royal Miss Cup): Pam Tabb. Championship (Masters Cup): Harry Dingle. Reserve Championship (Martyn Gratrix Cup): Pam Tabb.
Jumping (Judge David Hallett): 12 yrs & under (Dorothy Olver Trophy): Morgan Pearce. Micro (Susan Rowe Cup) Lucy Tiplady. Mini (Joyce Olver Cup): Katie Rowe. Midi (T D Bilkey Cup): Katie Rowe. Maxi (Harold Hicks Shield) Lowenna Tiplady.
Fortunes turned around for Coombe Show where competitors enjoyed a sunny day despite a stormy lead up to the fixture.
Seven-year-old Rebecca Storey and Talgoed Lucy impressed judge Gloria Vincent to land the Dora Crookes Salver for the overall showing championship ahead of Helen Chudleigh and Stutchbury in reserve.
Rebecca has enjoyed a successful season with Talgoed Lucy who has been consistently in the ribbons at the local shows.
Winners: Showing (Judge Gloria Vincent): Tack & Turnout (Pam Reed Trophy): Elizabeth Hugh (Golden Express); Leading rein (M Stocker Cup): Rebecca Storey (Talgoed Lucy). Best combination 10 yrs under (Greenaway Cup): Harry Dingle (Lottie).
14 yrs & under (Treway Cup): Chloe Nile (Mizen). Open (Rob Richards Memorial Cup): Helen Chudleigh (Stutchbury). Novice Pony (Coombe Horse Show Cup): Chloe Nile (Mizen). Mountain & Moorland (Penhaligon Shield): Rebecca Storey (Talgoed Lucy). Working Hunter Pony (Carhart Cup) Emma Webber (Kiki).
Working Hunter (Del Monte wines Cup): Helen Chudleigh (Stutchbury). Veteran (Gold Label Cup) Elizabeth Hugh (Golden Express). Coloured (Penleigh Cup) Elizabeth Hugh (Mission Impossible). Cob (Niles Bakery Cup) Elizabeth Hugh (Golden Express). Family Pony (Porth Hall RC Cup) Chloe Palmer (Tiger).
Championship (Dora Crookes Salver): Rebecca Storey (Talgoed Lucy); Reserve champion (Dora Crookes Cup) Helen Chudleigh (Stutchbury). Most promising young rider (showing D H Roberts Memorial Cup) Chloe Palmer.
Jumping: (Judge Clive Phillips): Restricted novice (Terry Richards Cup) Lowenna Tiplady (Sovereign). 12 years & under (Spiller Cup) Lucy Tiplady (Sovereign). Novice (Rocket Robbie & Kinetic Kate Cup) Holly Benallick (Bradley's Secret).
16 yrs & under (E A Pearce Shield): Lucy Tiplady (Sovereign). Open (ECLP Cup) Donna Sturdy (Zebbie). TopScore (Rowe Cup) Jody Fahey (Golden Sovereign). Gymkhana (Judge Angie Webber). Points winners: 8 yrs & under (Coombe PF Ladies Cup) Heny Collins.
12 yrs & under (Hewaswater Beagles Trophy): Joint: Tegan Patch & Lucy Tiplady. Open (Coombe PF Cup) Vicky Hambly & Emma Warren. Local rider musical sacks (Ventonwyn Cup) Emma Jane Rothwell.
THE lucky winners of the South West Equine Fair tickets are: Lisa Tregunna, Truro; Yasmin Booth, Newquay; D Babb, Camelford; Lydia Vinnicombe, Falmouth; Kate Dingle, Bodmin and Lisa Robinson, St Austell.